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List of Governors

John Cundill - Chair of Governors

My name is John Cundill and I am a Reader (lay minister) in the Church of England licensed to the South Molton Mission Community of churches.

I retired from teaching in 2011 but have never lost my passion for education for all people, but particularly for the young as it opens minds, inspires, and gives opportunity for both known and hidden talents and skills to blossom and flourish.

I am pleased to be appointed as Foundation Governor so that I may play a part in helping the school in its aim to deliver a world class education for the children of South Molton

Kevin O'Donnell

My name is Kevin O’Donnell and I am the Head Teacher.


Angela Hulme

Hello. I am Angela Hulme and I have been a Foundation Governor for 35 years, during which time I had the privilege to be Chair for 20 years. During this time there have been many changes, not only in our school, but in education and the roles of governors! 

Our three daughters were educated at the Infant and Junior schools and the Community College before going on to North Devon College (now Petroc) and higher education. They had happy memories of their time in school and I hope this is so for all our pupils. 

I very much enjoy being able to go into school to help with various activities and to get to know our children better. I consider it a privilege to work with our dedicated Staff to ensure that our children are given the best education possible.

Andrew WooLlacott

Hi my name is Andrew Woollacott. I was a Local Authority Governor and Chair of the Resources Committee at the school, and am now an associate member.

I have three daughters of which our youngest still attends the school. My work in the agricultural industry often takes me around the UK but when at home I like to take a keen interest in local issues . For fun and fitness I'm a member of the South Molton Struggler's running club and can occasionally be found struggling up a hill. 

SMUPS provides a great learning platform for children who live in or near South Molton, in order to support the school I volunteered for the role of governor where I can participate in the running of the school and contribute to its progress.

Duncan Casburn

Duncan Casburn was elected as our new Parent Governor in March 2020. Duncan comes with a lot of SEN experience, his daughter attends a SEN school. He runs a Facebook page for parents of autistic children and has a YouTube channel based on the common questions asked via this group.

Duncan is also active in the South Molton community. He helps run a YMCA group for young adults and you'll recognise him as our afternoon Crossing Marshall. His son Curtis is in Reception Class this year and he works as a full-time carer.

Gill Haynes

Hi. My name is Gill Haynes and I was a parent governor, now associate member.

I have been a secondary maths teacher for over 20 years in schools in Shropshire, Birmingham and Devon. I have also worked in Industry training teachers how to use IT educational software across the country.

I want to use my educational background to support the school and become a bridge between the school and parents.

Trish Ford

Hello, my name is Trish Ford and I have been appointed a Foundation Governor. I am a retired teaching assistant and live in the rural catchment area for this school. I am looking forward to helping ensure the best education for our local children in a happy and welcoming environment.

Lis Grandey

Hi! Having moved to South Molton several years ago, I became a Foundation Governor at the school in 2016, and recently took on the role of Vice-Chair. I have a long-standing interest in education, and have previously had some experience as an English teacher and been a Parent/Co-opted Governor at a Comprehensive School in the north of England. On a personal note, I enjoy walking in the countryside and attend the local Parish Church, where I lead the Toddler Group. I am particularly proud of our school's vision, with its emphasis on the value of every pupil and the importance of shared community.

Rev'd Dr Michael Grandey

I'm Michael, the Team Rector ("vicar") for the South Molton Benefice (which includes St Mary Magdalene Parish Church). I am an ex-officio Governor at the school, am involved in the Ethos Group, and also take part in Collective Worship. Before becoming a vicar I worked as a GP and a Public Health specialist in the North of England.

I believe the underlying values and ethos of the school play an important part in helping it to provide a positive learning environment in which everyone is valued and pupils can flourish. The school has grown and developed significantly over the past few years, and I am excited as I look forward to the future.